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- Sep 2, 2012 at 8:00AM updated Sep 6, 2013 at 5:20PM
Persistent grumbling from the community about Island Transit’s plans to realign Parker Road with Highway 20 in Central Whidbey appears to have paid off.
- Sep 5, 2012 at 8:00AM updated Sep 6, 2013 at 5:15PM
Efforts to release Penn Cove’s most famous orca from captivity has resorted to name calling.
- Sep 6, 2012 at 4:28PM
Local residents are coming together to help raise money for the family of Garrett Arnold, a local pastor who suffered a serious spinal injury last month that resulted in paralysis of his body below the waist.
- Sep 6, 2012 at 4:27PM
Remember the fresh-start feeling of shiny, stiff shoes and new supplies on the first day of school?
- Sep 6, 2012 at 4:22PM
First grader Lillyanna Tennis takes a break on the playground during her first day at class at Coupeville Elementary School.
- Sep 5, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Sep 6, 2013 at 10:13AM
Due to a lack of rainfall, Island County residents are prohibited from lighting open fires under a burn ban approved by county Sheriff Mark Brown.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:19PM
The gleaming eye of the dead animal washed up on the beach caught the attention of the marine mammal stranding volunteer. The vivid, aqua-green circle was unlike like the eye of a harbor porpoise, seal, whale or any other marine mammal. Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell – a volunteer with the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network – realized the creature was a shark.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:13PM
The earth shakes. Walls buckle as the ground heaves and shudders. Buildings collapse, crushing the contents inside and trapping people in surroundings that were once familiar but are now jumbled and disorienting. Frantic, loved ones search for one another, hoping, praying, believing that everyone has escaped the rubble unscathed.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 2:15PM
Environmentally conscious folks in Coupeville will soon have a new way to recycle. The town is several weeks away from finalizing an agreement with Island Disposal for a curbside recycling program.
- Aug 26, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 3:54PM
A 19-year-old man is accused of walking around Coupeville earlier this month with a sawed-off shotgun in his backpack, allegedly intent on shooting his mother’s boyfriend or, if he couldn’t find him, just firing at “someone walking along the sidewalk,” court documents alleged. Prosecutor charged Esteban Guerro in Island County Superior Court Aug. 8 with the unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 20.
- Aug 25, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 3:53PM
A 23-year-old Greenbank man who kidnapped and raped his estranged girlfriend will likely be going away for more than 16 years. George Downey was dressed in jail orange and wearing his usual odd grin in Island County Superior Court Monday.
- Aug 26, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 3:52PM
The Greenbank man and pizza joint owner accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in a tarp was finally arraigned Monday afternoon. Robert “Al” Baker, 62, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court to the first-degree murder of his wife, 53-year-old Kathie Baker.
- Aug 21, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 3:51PM
The man who planned and carried out a murder on a secluded South Whidbey road at Christmastime nine years ago finally faced justice in a courtroom Tuesday morning. James Huden sat stone-faced during the sentencing hearing in Island County Superior Court as the judge handed down an exceptional sentence of 80 years, virtually guaranteeing that the 55-year-old will die in prison.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:48PM
Wildlife is the theme for the Whidbey Island Camera Club's meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Oak Hall, Room 306, Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:45PM
The Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association continues its education series by holding a firearms safety class for women on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:44PM
Island County officials and Whidbey Camano Land Trust staff say they will pursue a slightly different ownership strategy for the Trillium Community Forest, located just north of Freeland.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:43PM
The Navy has announced Maylor’s Point Trail in Oak Harbor has been temporarily closed. The trail, which runs through the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Seaplane Base along the north beach of Maylor’s Point in Oak Harbor and connects with the city’s waterfront trail, was closed Monday and will remain closed until December.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:42PM
The Oak Harbor Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor. The Puget Sound Blood Center is in critical need of O positive and O negative, but every blood type is helpful.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36PM
“Island life has its own music and imagery,” says Clinton resident Sheryl Clough, editor and publisher of a new poetry anthology, “Surrounded: Living With Islands.” “I really dig Whidbey Island,” Clough said with a smile. “You can hardly go a mile here without wanting to stop and write a poem.”
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:33PM
Events and activities coming up on Whidbey Island.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:29PM
South Whidbey High School student Scotty Campbell puts out sparks as Archie Nichols, of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, drills holes inside the new lantern house for Admiralty Head Lighthouse in preparation for installation Aug. 23. Students and teachers from all three Whidbey high schools built the lantern house over the past two years with help from Archie Nichols and other volunteers.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:23PM
Discovered wandering, hungry and disoriented, a 10-year-old Labrador-sized white Australian shepherd mix was picked up last fall as a stray by the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF).
- Aug 31, 2012 at 2:46PM
Angie Homola deserves a second term as commissioner for District 2. Her keen interest as a citizen activist led her to challenge Mac McDowell, a four-term commissioner. Despite all the advantages of his incumbency and a plurality of Republican voters in the county, she defeated him.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 2:43PM
I am a former Island County clerk, now retired. As a past elected official, I am personally familiar with the activities and functions of the board of county commissioners. In my previous capacity as county clerk, some of my responsibilities involved working directly with the board during annual budget preparation, strategic planning for my department, and other routine work sessions. During my final term, I had the privilege of working with Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 2:39PM
As the dust from the first-ever Whidbey Island Area Fair settles in the arena, the vendor tents vanish and the barns empty, thanks are due to the many, many folks who made our 88th fair a success.
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